According to the calendar, it’s officially spring. Unfortunately, the weather hasn’t realized it yet but I’m just glad that I see more than a half hour of daylight every weekday. So, with a positive attitude and a hope for 60+ weather here are a few things that are getting me excited about the change of season:
1. I’m thinking about using this artwork to freshen up my kitchen:
PrintLand on Etsy
2. There’s nothing like fresh flowers to bring the smell of spring into your home:
3. And, a pastel colored camisole to pair under a lightweight cardigan:
Have I mentioned that I love post-holiday sales? I’m still reaping the benefits of stores over-estimating how much people will spend on Christmas gifts and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. One of my latest purchases was a cream Rachel by Rachel Roy blouse with billowy sleeves and…feathers! I styled it with my usual approach, toughening up the feminine blouse with a military green vest with leather details. Paired with my latest go-to pair of heels, I love this outfit – a classic color combination with unexpected details.
Blouse: Rachel by Rachel Roy/Vest: Forever 21/Jeans: Asos/Heels: Nordstrom Rack/Earrings: H&M/Purse: Zara
Dear polar vortex,
You thought you could kill all sartorial inspiration. Forcing us to wear four pants and ten sweaters in your below freezing temperatures. But we don’t give up that easily. We might take our photo shoots inside and wear a beanie indoors but nothing is going to stop us from wearing a cute royal blue midi skirt with an embellished sweater. Oh, and how can we forget the color blocking action going on with those yellow booties? Yup, we won this round. Your move, polar vortex.
Hat: H&M/Sweater: Anthropologie/Skirt: Asos/Booties: Anthropologie/Clutch: Forever 21/Bangles: from India
A few days before the heavy snowfall in Chicago it almost felt like spring in the city. You could see the brownish grass, a couple birds were chirping – hey, I’ll take what I can get. It was just warm enough to squeeze in a quick photo shoot with one of my favorite color combos – burgundy and navy. I paired my striped cardigan with a bejeweled blouse and to toughen up the look, added faded blue jeans and black leather booties.
Blouse: J Crew/Cardigan: Ann Taylor LOFT/Jeans: Urban Outfitters/Boots: House of Harlow/Clutch: Forever 21/Earrings: Marc Jacobs
Happy New Year everyone! And with the beginning of 2014 comes a fresh round of resolutions and the promise that (hopefully) I’ll be a much better blogger this year…
If you’re from the Chicago area you might have spent the past couple days digging yourself out of the tons of snow we’ve been getting. While I’m usually not thankful for any sort of wintery weather, the snowfall made it easy to come up with my New Year’s Eve plans – stay at home! So, I decided to have a few friends over to ring in 2014.
To make my apartment feel festive, I created a backdrop using letters that I cut out of foam core board and covered with gold wrapping paper:
For a little extra glam, I glued tinsel garlands and metallic confetti to plain white balloons to flank the letters and add to the party atmosphere:
Whenever I throw a party I like to have a few pre-planned activities for the guests to take part in, as ice breakers for my friends who vary in their interests and backgrounds. This time, I created a “photobooth” by using wrapping paper to create a backdrop:
And, to make it a little more interesting, I created paper flowers (using this tutorial) from scrapbook paper that fit my theme of gold, silver and black. A few feather boas and party hats and you’re good to go!
Of course a party blog post wouldn’t be complete without including my New Year’s Eve party outfit. I decided to weave in the gold and black from my decor colors with a few pops of color from my favorite pencil skirt.
Top: Urban Outfitters/Skirt: Zara/Heels: Aldo/Earrings: Stella & Dot/Bracelet: H&M
Here’s to a great 2014!
With the Labor Day weekend around the corner, as much as I hate to admit it, the closing credits are beginning to run on summer. I’m trying to push the thoughts of the cloudy days and cooler temperatures out of my head by reminiscing about some of my favorite summer activities – like my weekly trip to Lincoln Park’s Green City Market. It’s the perfect beginning to my Saturdays and usually involves picking up fresh produce and flowers and of course, snacking on some delectable treats. Have a great week everyone!
This weekend was all about enjoying the gorgeous, summery Chicago weather! I’ve been obsessed with my chambray jacket ever since my little DIY project and it was a total necessity to transition my day outfit into al fresco dining apparel. I picked up this bright orange midi skirt a couple of months ago at H & M and since the material is similar to neoprene, I wanted to soften its ultra-modern look with some more casual pieces. I added a cute t-shirt from Zara and then finished it off with the chambray jacket, Pour la Victoire flats (bought at the recent Gilt City warehouse sale) and a bold black and white tote. Have a great week everyone!
Jacket: Forever 21/T-shirt: Zara/Skirt: H & M/Tote: Asos/Flats: Pour la Victoire/Rings: Forever 21
I think the floral jeans trend was made for Midwesterners. Forget the fashion capitals of the world, we’ve been craving warmer temperatures and spring blossoms for months now – and if the weather won’t cooperate why not add a dose of spring to your wardrobe?
Floral jeans come in all different varieties of colors and patterns but this pair from Gap immediately caught my eye. I love the mix of colors – perfect for creating a ton of different outfits (and sticking to a budget!) – and the soft, abstract look of the design. I paired it with a soft blue t-shirt and a sleeveless blazer, and added pops of color with my chartreuse sandals and glam jewelry making it a great day to night look.
Floral jeans: Gap/T-shirt: Zara/Sleeveless blazer: Gap/Earrings: H&M/Bracelet: H&M/Rings: Forever 21/
Clutch: Forever 21/Sandals: Prabal x Target